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23. We recently moved to our forever home in the CA desert from Los Angeles.
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 12:40 PM
Feb 2024

Our home in Los Angeles was a 100 year old Spanish style house, about 1800 sq feet. It was a lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath house that we did a lot of work to and we really loved it, but we couldn't stand living in L.A. any longer.

Our new home is in a gated community, built in 2000. It's a Mediterranean style house, 2600 square feet, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, with a pool and spa. The 3rd bedroom/bath is in its own separate building on the property, basically a casita which is great for guests as it gives them a nice amount of privacy. The second bedroom in the house is set up as my home office since I work from home 100% of the time now. The house is all on one level which will be good as we age. This is exactly the type of home I was hoping we would end up in. I never thought I'd be interested in living in a gated community with an HOA, but so far I really like it. Everyone here seems to take immense pride in their houses and the community is absolutely beautiful. We're 15 minutes from Palm Springs and about 10 minutes from Palm Desert, so sort of in the middle of everything. It's also so nice to have a garage we can use, unlike in L.A. where our garage was behind the house at the end of a skinny driveway our cars wouldn't even fit down.

We moved here at the height of the summer heat and it really was not THAT bad. LOL. I am so looking forward to March through June when the weather should be absolutely perfect for hanging out at the pool and relaxing. After a long career working my ass off, it feels good cruising into retirement, but now I need to figure out what I'm going to retire TO.

At the moment I'm in a rented condo Joinfortmill Feb 2024 #1
What do you use the second bedroom for? Archae Feb 2024 #3
Mostly empty Joinfortmill Feb 2024 #9
I could definitely live in a tiny home if it were just me. CrispyQ Feb 2024 #2
Exactly. I could go for two tiny houses attached. Would need just one kitchen. Silent Type Feb 2024 #8
I've told my husband before that when Luciferous Feb 2024 #22
That's basically what I am living in now. Mr.Bill Feb 2024 #32
I've thought a good bit about that, especially if it's a location with view and a little land. Silent Type Feb 2024 #33
It's in Northern California gold country Mr.Bill Feb 2024 #34
Wow. I spent a month in Sonora, Jamestown, etc., 45 years ago. A friend had some land like that. Silent Type Feb 2024 #35
The fire hazard makes me a little nervous, Mr.Bill Feb 2024 #36
My residence sits on ten acres calguy Feb 2024 #4
How many rooms? Archae Feb 2024 #5
The original floor plan calguy Feb 2024 #11
That sounds like perfection to me. badhair77 Feb 2024 #6
Same here - 40 acres but it's juniper, ponderosa pine & cactus womanofthehills Feb 2024 #37
Sounds like a lovely life in a lovely neighborhood calguy Feb 2024 #38
In a condo we bought 25 years ago. MOMFUDSKI Feb 2024 #7
I prefer small spaces RoadRunner Feb 2024 #10
My house was built in 1885. It's not very big, Ocelot II Feb 2024 #12
What exactly is a sitting room, and what is in it? Archae Feb 2024 #16
It's a sort of parlor, I guess. In my house I don't really know Ocelot II Feb 2024 #17
Yeah, my sister has a room like that, just inside her front door. Archae Feb 2024 #18
I can't begin to imagine living in a space that long. PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2024 #13
Neither can I. OldBaldy1701E Feb 2024 #14
In the last 32 years I've lived in 13 houses/apartments mnhtnbb Feb 2024 #20
Ditto. Have moved 17 times, but have been in this house spooky3 Feb 2024 #27
I have a two bedroom, two bathroom, three skylight home in PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2024 #15
I used to live in one side of a duplex built in the early 50's. LudwigPastorius Feb 2024 #19
Downstairs is Elessar Zappa Feb 2024 #21
We recently moved to our forever home in the CA desert from Los Angeles. beaglelover Feb 2024 #23
Sounds wonderful. I love that part of the country. Nt spooky3 Feb 2024 #28
Thank you. We are very happy here. beaglelover Feb 2024 #31
About eight years ago after we retired Mr.Bill Feb 2024 #24
small house 10 Turtle Day Feb 2024 #25
Welcome to DU's Cribs. Niagara Feb 2024 #26
How come we don't see True Dough Feb 2024 #29
I have two battery operated candles, True. Niagara Feb 2024 #30
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